NEW! Archaeological News Enormous ancient Macedonian tomb discovered in Amphipolis
August 14, 2014
For more information on this important discovery please visit these links:
‘Exceptionally important’ Greek tomb from era of Alexander the Great discovered http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/13/exceptionally-important-greek-tomb-from-era-of-alexander-the-great-discovered/
Amphipolis Greek Tomb Discovery in Pictures: Could Alexander the Great Be Buried Here? http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/amphipolis-greek-tomb-discovery-pictures-could-alexander-great-be-buried-here-1461023
Our opinion is that Alexander the Great is NOT buried at the massive Macedonian tomb the archaeologists have been digging over the last 2 years at Amphipolis, despite suggestions of some. It is known that his body was laid to rest in Egypt, first in Memphis and then in Alexandria. It was still there on display for centuries since the Macedonians had conquered the Persian Empire. Many Roman emperors, beginning with Augustus Octavian visited his burial chamber at Alexandria centuries later. Thus Alexander was not, and could not, have been buried in the Amphipolis tomb. The question remains, just WHO was buried here? It is clear from the enormous size of the tomb that it was a high ranking Macedonian, perhaps even a royalty as suggested by some of the Greek archeologists. However, since royalty was buried at Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia, it leaves strong possibility that the person buried here was a high ranking Macedonian general OR admiral. Is it admiral Cleitus who destroyed the Greek fleet at sea? Or general Craterus? Leonnatus? Anitipater, Neoptolemus? Leosthenes, Polyperchon? Sosthenes? Or other lesser know Macedonian commanders? We will be updating the story as it develops.